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After the tragedy at the Fukushima nuclear facility following the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the nuclear industry has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to design and build a small, remotely-controlled inspection vehicle. The purpose of the vehicle is to determine the level of radioactivity at specified locations and inspect for damage. This vehicle will protect the human operator from absorbing a high dose of radioactive contamination. There is information that could be gained by the inspection vehicle that could inform the plant operators so that they may avert an accident or begin repairs.
Your task is to design a remotely-controlled, proof-of-concept vehicle for inspection purposes. The vehicle must be able to negotiate around obstacles, both in getting to the inspection points and in bringing the sensor back to the designated return area. The vehicle must then return to its starting location, ready for another run.
See the 2013 challenge
An engineer, like all professionals, must possess a well-developed ability to communicate, both orally and in writing. This competition is designed to emphasize the value of an ability to deliver oral presentations.
Students from over 100 schools around the world showcased their engineering prowess when they put their custom-built robots to the test.
The winners are posted for the 2011 HPVC East and West coast competitions.
The ASME Innovation Showcase, the IShow, was designed to foster and promote creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit within the next generation of innovation leaders. Learn about this year's competition winners.
Rose-Hulman team concentrated on building the fastest possible vehicle, the students this year strove for something different: utility.
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